Richard Wilcox (GWU): The Effect of United Nations Peace Operations on Post-Civil War Human Rights. Frederic Megret (McGill): From Peacekeeping to R2P: The Protection of Civilians as the UN's New Raison D'Etre? David Williams reviews Humanitarian Intervention and the United Nations by Norrie MacQueen. Amending the UN Charter: Kalpana Murari on making the United Nations work for global commons. Roger Morgan reviews Governing the World: The History of an Idea by Mark Mazower. From UN Chronicle, open access and closed minds: Nalaka Gunawardene on balancing intellectual property and public interest in the digital age. An interview with Robert Kirkpatrick, director of UN Global Pulse, on the value of Big Data. Ali Wyne has some thoughts on the United Nations. Psy makes the U.N. cool: What happened when YouTube’s breakout star met the U.N. secretary-general? Attention all UN enthusiasts and history buffs: The UN History Project, a new project collecting archival history of the United Nations and international institutions, has been launched. Obama's secret plan to give the United Nations control of the military and the Internet has been exposed. Back to work: Colum Lynch on 7 things the U.N. can finally get around to doing now that the U.S. election is over.
Daniel L. Thornton (FRB-St. Louis): The Federal Reserve's Response to the Financial Crisis: What It Did and What It Should Have Done. A review of Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages by Jessie Ramey. The man who smelled too much: William Nowell got a windfall and got off the streets; the only problem were his neighbors — and his foul odor. Should we have a new constitutional convention? John Paul Stevens reviews Framed: America’s Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance by Sanford Levinson. Seth Goldin on how everything you think you know about the McDonald’s coffee case is wrong. Political animals: Research into group decision-making in social animals has shown that ants, fish, birds, and bees have all discovered strategies to make intelligent group decisions — if they can do it, we can do it, right? Peter Stone reviews The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray by Noam Chomsky. Yarden Katz interviews Noam Chomsky on where artificial intelligence went wrong. Are taxes too damn high? Grover Norquist and Andrea Louise Campbell debate.
From Poroi, a special issue on Future Tense: Iowa looks ahead to the next four years. Alan Haworth on Obama’s debt to Rawls: Anyone who doubts the ability of philosophy to influence “real world” politics should study the text of Obama’s victory address. Michael Scherer goes inside the secret world of the data crunchers who helped Obama win. Forget Nate Silver: Meet Ruy Teixeira, the guy who called 2012 in 2002 (and more). An interview with Victoria Bassetti, author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters. Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez and Tom Ginsburg on five voting systems even worse than the Electoral College. You're not moving to Canada: Adam Alter on the psychology of post-election melodrama. The Five Nations of American Politics: Joel Kotkin on why it's all about Ohio. For a guy who made his fortune from gambling, Sheldon Adelson sure is a lousy better. David Weigel on how the "Super PACS wasted a lot of money on stupid crap" is becoming a popular election wrap-up theme. Dean Baker on why climate change, not the national debt, is the legacy we should care about. Forget about 2012: The race for the White House in 2016 has already begun.
Herman L. Boschken (SJSU): Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability? Steven Aoun on Hurricane Sandy as the perfect storm in every way. Rena Silverman on why New York City is the worst place for a hurricane. The civilizing power of disaster: Where was all the chaos, looting, and mass-panic during Hurricane Sandy? Genius: Ben Paynter on the Nickelback story. Life after TED: Ideas conferences have lost their spontaneity, says Richard Saul Wurman — so he staged a $16,000-a-ticket event. The world’s largest fashion retailer: From an unfashionable corner of economically disheveled Spain, Zara has conquered the “fast fashion” market by learning a new way to understand shoppers all over the world. The myth of the coach and the problem with college sports: Simon van Zuylen-Wood reviews Paterno by Joe Posnanski. Brass politics: A look at how retired military officers are shaping elections. Solving the afterlife: Vinnie Rotondaro interviews John Martin Fischer, a philosopher who was awarded a five million dollar grant to oversee a philosophical, theological, and scientific study on the question of immortality.
From Cracked, Jack O'Brien on 6 dumb celebrities who are way smarter than you think. Many scholars and critics warn that TV and the Internet are dumbing us down — but, if that's true, why are children around the world performing better on IQ tests? From The Wall Street Journal, are we really getting smarter? Americans' IQ scores have risen steadily over the past century — James Flynn examines why (and more); and Bryan Caplan reviews Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ in the Twenty-First Century by James Flynn (and more). If the significance of the “Flynn Effect” is appreciated, we will stop looking at IQ trends as exotic numbers and see them as signs of social problems, changing social relationships, and what aging does to our minds. From This Side of the Pond, Marie Cummings on the Flynn Effect and teens, and on IQ and generational differences. Which genes are responsible for intelligence? Kayt Sukel wants to know. Intelligence and the stereotype threat: Annie Murphy on how social factors can have a powerful influence on intelligence. If intelligence is the norm, stupidity gets more interesting: One researcher wonders if scientists, instead of seeking genes that can account for intelligence, should be trying to find mutations that can erode it.